2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 19 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with cool and breezy mostly sunny skies.

The river level was around 1,700 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

Women’s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Stephanie Griffin (12:49)

2. Rachel Humfleet (12:58)

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Ryan Horn (10:20)

2. Jeff Vannoy (10:39)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (11:00)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. John Davis (11:38)

2. Mark Masters (11:40)

3. Kevin Masters (11:48)

4. Curt Wilhoit (11:50)

5. Steve Thorp (12:50)

Women’s SUP:

1. Camille Swan (11:27)

2. Abby Williamson (16:50)

Men’s SUP:

1. Aaron Koch (10:28)

2. Jack Nelson (10:47)

3. Justin Griffin (11:44)

4. Dale Swanson (15:30)

Tandem SUP:

1. Will & Danelle Saylor (18:50)

Men’s Bellyak:

1. Adam Masters (12:43)

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

Event Highlights:

*We had 1 swimmer during the event.

*We had a great turn out in our SUP classes and one Bellyaker who came in with a great finish time in the event!

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE demos.

*Many competitors or volunteers in the event went home with a prize!

Event #1 Photo Album Link: Cheryl Killman’s NoliFest HTTD Race photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Starter

Jewell Weatherford – Starter

Cheryl Killman & Kyle Koeberlein– Photographers

USA Raft – Finish Line and Shuttle

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsors for this event:

  Rivergypsies_logo

    

 

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with NoliFest and running shuttle for the competitors!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #2 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown #1

The first event in the 2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown series was some fast paddling fun! We had a great turn out with 19 competitors joining in for some friendly downriver boatercross competition!  We had several spectators who watched and cheered on the competitors from the start and finish line.  The event was held on the Lower Nolichucky River, TN with cool and breezy mostly sunny skies.

The river level was around 1,700 CFS and spirits were high with several first timers in this event!  The course start was at the USA Raft river access and the finish line was the Chestoa Pike Bridge 1.5 miles downstream.  The course have several class I-II rapids and a couple of islands to negotiate along the way.  We launched classes in a mass start format and good times were had by all!

2016 Nolichucky Hometown Throwdown Event #1 Results:

Women’s K-1 Short Boat:

1. Stephanie Griffin (12:49)

2. Rachel Humfleet (12:58)

Men‘s K-1 Long Boat:

1. Ryan Horn (10:20)

2. Jeff Vannoy (10:39)

3. Wesley R. Bradley (11:00)

Men‘s K-1 Short Boat:

1. John Davis (11:38)

2. Mark Masters (11:40)

3. Kevin Masters (11:48)

4. Curt Wilhoit (11:50)

5. Steve Thorp (12:50)

Women’s SUP:

1. Camille Swan (11:27)

2. Abby Williamson (16:50)

Men’s SUP:

1. Aaron Koch (10:28)

2. Jack Nelson (10:47)

3. Dale Swanson (11:30)

4. Justin Griffin (11:44)

Tandem SUP:

1. Will & Danelle Saylor (18:50)

Men’s Bellyak:

1. Adam Masters (12:43)

(Click here for a PDF copy of Event #1 Results)

 

Thank you to all the competitors for their participation and congrats to all of our class winners of Event #1!

Event Highlights:

*We had 1 swimmer during the event.

*We had a great turn out in our SUP classes and one Bellyaker who came in with a great finish time in the event!

*The Jackson Action Wagon was on-site with FREE demos.

*Many competitors or volunteers in the event went home with a prize!

Event #1 Photo Album Link: Cheryl Killman’s NoliFest HTTD Race photo album

A big thank you goes out to all of our great volunteers for their help in event #1:

Erin Weatherford – Registration & Starter

Jewell Weatherford – Starter

Cheryl Killman & Kyle Koeberlein– Photographers

USA Raft – Finish Line and Shuttle

A huge thank you goes out to our World Kayak Partners & the local sponsors below for all the great prizes & support of the events!

Our World Kayak Program Partners

Our local sponsors for this event:

  Rivergypsies_logo

    

 

A special thank you to USA Raft for hosting the event with NoliFest and running shuttle for the competitors!

Stay tuned for details about HTTD event #2 coming soon to the Tri-Cities!  Hope to see you on the Noli to throwdown!!

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Hometown Throwdown May 8-9

To kick off the 2015 Columbus, GA Whitewater Season, Uptown Columbus is hosting RiverFest Weekend May 8-9. The entire community is invited to participate in weekend-long events in Woodruff Park and along the RiverWalk in Uptown Columbus Friday, May 8th from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. – until.; admission is FREE both days.

World Kayak, Whitewater Express and Outside World hosts RiverFest’s HOMETOWN THROWDOWN!

Bring your chairs, koozies, sunglasses and get ready to experience the Kayaking event of the year!

To Register Click Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hometown-throwdown-tickets-16287699949

FRIDAY, MAY 8
6PM:
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be a spectacle under the lights in Waveshaper.

SATURDAY, MAY 9TH
NOON – Paddle with the Pros
Pyranha Kayak Pros will be at it again!
Our hometown ICF Junior Freestyle Champion, Hunter Kat will be catching some surf and doing some tricks.

2pm-5pm – Flatwater Fun
~ SUP race on the end of the island where competitors will navigate around buoys to finish point. Depending on the number of competitors we group them in 5′s and will do this in heats.
~Boatercross, competitors will start at the eddy above wave shaper and navigate around buoy’s and ending down below good wave. We will group them in 5′s and do this in heats.
~Riverboard Race
~Slalom, where competitors will run same course as the boatercross but this will be an individual run and will be timed. Fastest time will win.

5pm-9pm – Highwater Throwdown
~ Chase The Watermelon, we group the competitors in 5′s starting in the eddy above wave shaper. When the horn sounds they will proceed down the rapid where we will throw a fake watermelon out in the water and their job is to grab it and have full control of it thru the back of good wave. If no one was able to grab it the winner will go to the last person touching it. This event will run in heats.
~ King Of The Wave, two separate runs. One for the kayakers and one for the river borders. A ten minute run where everyone will start at the eddy above wave shaper and in a mass parade will all come down. The first prize will go to the first person to surf the wave for 10 seconds, second prize will go to the longest run in the wave, and the last will be for the last man standing. The same will apply for the river borders.
~ Freestyle Under The Lights, each competitor runs three times with the highest score winning. We will be judging on hometown throwdown rules where you can gain points for doing anything cool in the wave.

If you want to be a competitor in any of these competitions, early registration will open soon.

Pros, experienced, novice, and newbies are all welcomed and encouraged.

Prizes provided by The Outside World, World Kayak, & Whitewater Express.

For more information on Uptown’s RiverFest please visit: www.uptownsriverfest.com

Paddlemania a huge success!

While I was in Colorado, Midwest paddler cliff Langley was working hard to organize the new version of the annual paddle mania event. This year blast to the bridge meant the swinging bridge at jay cook state park which finishes off with a 15ft waterfall! I absolutely LOVE this stretch of river and was sad I missed the wonderful event. Duluth, mn is really starting to step up in support of our kayaking events and a huge thanks goes out to all the sponsors! Check out the news story here! http://www.pinejournal.com/content/perfect-day-paddling

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